Archives for December 2023

Mandatory Payouts on New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 31st

Aqueduct will have Mandatory Payouts on all carryover pools today, Sunday, December 31st

Laurel Park will have Mandatory Payouts on all carryover pools today, Sunday, December 31st. The $1 Pentafecta wager has a carryover of $3,564.52, and the $0.20 Pick 6 wager has a carryover of $2,094.14

            Race 4 Post Time:  1:52 PM ET  ($0.20) Pick 6 (Races 4-9), Carryover $2,094

            Race 6 Post Time: 2:50 PM ET  ($1.00) H-5 (Race 6), Carryover $3,565

Harrah’s Philadelphia ends its meet today, Sunday, December 31st, and all Pick Pools will be Forced Out.

 

Standardbred Racing

Hawthorne Harness will have Mandatory Payouts on all carryover pools tonight, Sunday, December 31st. The $0.20 Pentafecta wager has a carryover of $85,568.55

           Race 9 Post Time: 10:50 PM ET  ($0.20) H-5 (Race 9), Carryover 85,569

Century Mile Harness will be forcing out the $0.20 Pick 5 wager tonight, Sunday, December 31st. The carryover is: $18,309.12

          Race 9 Post Time:  11:27 PM ET  ($0.20) Pick 5 (Races 9-13), Carryover $18,309

Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in Canada

Woodbine Racecourse Reports Big Year in 2023

TORONTO, December, 2023 – Woodbine Entertainment announced the 2023 Thoroughbred season produced an all-sources handle of $613,125,180 CAD. This is the second largest single-season handle in Woodbine’s history, but down $8 million from 2022.

“Our 2023 Thoroughbred racing meet produced very strong results thanks to our exciting racing product, the strength of the Woodbine brand, and the hard work of our team and the entire horse racing community,” said Michael Copeland, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “The results are especially encouraging considering the industry trends our sport is facing with increased competition from sports betting, growing purses in some jurisdictions largely due to ancillary gaming revenues, extreme weather factors that have cancelled an unprecedented number of race cards, North American horse supply, and larger macroeconomic factors like inflation and the uncertainty of the U.S. dollar.

Woodbine via WO FB page“While we are proud of our results, we cannot be complacent, and we need to focus on the industry trends and other opportunities that will help us navigate these headwinds.”

In 2023, a total of 1,180 races were contested over 128 dates of racing compared to 1,198 races over 132 dates in 2022. Woodbine ran four less dates and 18 less races in 2023 due to an unprecedented number of cancelled race cards (5) because of extreme heat and poor air quality caused by smoke from forest fires across Canada.

Healthy Average Field Size at Woodbine

The average field size for those races was 8.2, the same as 2022, and above the industry average.

In Ontario, wagering on Woodbine Thoroughbred racing by customers across the province was down 6.2% ($81.8 million this season vs $87.2 million in 2022).

The decline in home market wagering was partially mitigated by a foreign market handle of $512 million, a decrease from $515 million in 2022, though still a remarkable gain from the previous record of $420 million in 2021. The $512 million in foreign market handle was supported by a strong U.S. dollar.

The average handle per race in 2023 was a record $519,597. This is an increase of $580 per race from 2022.

To address the increased competition from an emerging licensed sports betting market, Woodbine Entertainment announced a partnership with global sports betting leader bet365 prior to The King’s Plate. It includes the integration of pari-mutuel horse racing into bet365’s licensed sportsbook platform in Ontario. Woodbine plans to integrate its racing product in additional licensed Ontario sports books in 2024 in hopes of generating increased handle in the province and engagement with a new audience.

“We are operating on a very solid foundation that positions us well to manage the current industry and economic trends,” added Copeland. “We also have opportunities before us that have not been fully realized yet, like the integration of racing into licensed sportsbooks, which will have a positive impact.”

Key Highlights – 2023 at Woodbine

  • Second highest single-season all-sources handle ($613M) in Woodbine history
  • Second highest single-season foreign handle ($512M) in Woodbine history
  • Record-breaking average per-race handle of $519,597
  • Average field size of 8.2 (above North American industry average)
  • Woodbine saw the return of the King’s Plate for the first time in over 70 years with winner Paramount Prince. The total all-sources wagering on King’s Plate day was a record $18,127,049
  • The integration of pari-mutuel racing into bet365’s licensed online sports book in Ontario

The 2024 Woodbine Thoroughbred season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 27. The 165th running of The King’s Plate will take place on Saturday, August 17.

For the latest information on Woodbine Racetrack, visit Woodbine.com or follow @WoodbineTB or @WoodbineComms on Twitter.

HKJC Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday

SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Saturday, December 23, 2023)

Race 1: #9 Little Fairy, #1 Mister Dapper, #2 Nicholson Returns, #11 Jubilation
Race 2:
#4 Gangnam Star, #6 Second To None, #12 Vantastic Choice, #5 Ruby Sailing
Race 3:
#8 New Power, #6 Good Happy Heart, #1 Super Legends, #10 The Absolute
Race 4:
#13 Angels Hunter, #11 Starship Eighty, #6 President’s Choice, #14 Hang’s Choice
Race 5:
#3 Harry’s Hero, #7 Lucky Banner, #2 Nordic Star, #4 All Are Mine
Race 6:
#10 Fighting Machine, #4 Happy For All, #11 Devas Twelve, #3 Perfetto
Race 7:
#2 Five G Patch, #4 La City Blanche, #8 Awesome Fluke, #10 Ensued
Race 8:
#4 Wings Of War, #2 Cotton Fingers, #3 I Give, #6 Joyful Hunter 
Race 9:
#3 Ching, #7 Adefill, #4 Yellowfin, #1 Everyone’s Delight
Race 10:
#3 Massive Action, #6 The Heir, #5 Pins Prince, #9 Silver Up

Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday:

Race 1: Amaryllis Handicap (9.00pm PST, 12.00am EST)

#9 Little Fairy is in form and appears ready to take the next step. This distance will suit and he’s still open to a fair bit of improvement, especially as a four-year-old. #1 Mister Dapper has a bit of class about him. He’s racing well and was a tidy winner over the mile last time out. This is a step up again but he has the quality to be hugely competitive, even if this distance doesn’t suit. #2 Nicholson Returns will improve with a step back to Class 4. #11 Jubilation is next in line with no weight and sound form of late.

Race 2: Cedar Handicap (9.30pm PST, 12.30am EST)

#4 Gangnam Star caught the eye first-up when third. He made up a stack of ground that day and further improvement is expected here, enough so to suggest that he can win. #6 Second To None makes his debut. He’s moving well and showed a fair bit of quality in his latest trial. Keep a close eye, especially with Vincent Ho up. #12 Vantastic Choice gets a handy weight relief and it wouldn’t surprise to see him roll forward to lead. #5 Ruby Sailing has class but is struggling to piece it together. Keep safe.

Race 3: Erica Handicap (10.00pm PST, 1.00am EST)

#8 New Power did well on debut to close into fifth position. He’s in sound form and is open to more improvement, especially from a suitable draw against a sizeable field. He’s worth supporting. #6 Good Happy Heart has done a stack of work with Zac Purton ahead of his debut but will be paired with Lyle Hewitson this weekend. He’s showing ability and Purton’s pre-race pairings hint at this. #1 Super Legends is the only winner in the race. He should get a sweet run from barrier six. #10 The Absolute is next in line.

Hong Kong Golden SixtyRace 4: Hibiscus Handicap (10.30pm PST, 1.30am EST)

#13 Angels Hunter can improve after narrowly missing first-up this season. He appears ready to win now and gets an excellent shot here, especially from a suitable draw. #11 Starship Eighty won well last start and he can maintain that level of form as he remains in the same grade. #6 President’s Choice is much better suited to the bottom grade. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this weekend. #14 Hang’s Choice is in career-best form and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to maintain this level of racing.

Race 5: Holly Handicap (11.00pm PST, 2.00am EST)

#3 Harry’s Hero can improve in this grade and with a switch to dirt. He was a winner on the synthetic pre-import, so he might be worth taking a chance on here as he races on Sha Tin’s alternate surface for the first time. Suitable draw and conditions. #7 Lucky Banner is better than his inconsistent record reads. He draws ideally with James McDonald up. #2 Nordic Star flashed into third last start from well back in the field. He commands respect. #4 All Are Mine loves the course and distance. Next in line.

Race 6: Ivy Handicap (11.35pm PST, 2.35am EST)

#10 Fighting Machine draws ideally after two solid runs. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this week and is open to further improvement as well. One to catch and comes from the right stable. #4 Happy For All is racing well and can find his best here, especially from the draw. #11 Devas Twelve caught the eye late last start. He can take another forward step here. #3 Perfetto is suited in this grade and can make his presence felt, that is, if he manages to offset the awkward draw.

Race 7: The Yan Chai Trophy Handicap (12.05am PST, 3.05am EST)

#2 Five G Patch can improve sharply with a return to Class 2, which is where he’s done his best racing so far in Hong Kong. Zac Purton hops up and this is a very suitable race. One to beat. #4 La City Blanche also makes the dip in grade. He’ll relish this drop and can make his presence felt in a big way. #8 Awesome Fluke has a bit of talent and he’s coming to hand quite quickly. He’ll be fighting out the finish here. #10 Ensued is a two-time winner from three starts. He’s got some class and can bounce back this weekend.

Race 8: Pine Handicap (12.35am PST, 3.35am EST)

#4 Wings Of War can improve second-up. He’s got a stack of class and his latest trial was nothing short of eye-catching when crossing the line in first spot. He can take the right steps forward and get on the board in Hong Kong this weekend. #2 Cotton Fingers has a bit of class and he nearly should have won last time out. He draws well once more and can make his presence felt. #3 I Give is chasing a sixth straight win. His form is superb and his racing pattern affords him every shot each time he races. #6 Joyful Hunter is next in line.

Race 9: Spruce Handicap (1.10am PST, 4.10am EST)

#3 Ching is worth a shot on dirt, especially as he is sired by Frosted, one of America’s leading dirt horses in recent years. He’ll take a liking to this surface and the inside draw gives him a good chance. #7 Adefill has class over this course and distance. He’s consistent and the booking of James McDonald bears close watching. #4 Yellowfin is a three-time winner from his last four starts. He’s in career-best form and can once again make an impact. #1 Everyone’s Delight dips to Class 3. Don’t discount.

Race 10: Poinsetta Handicap (1.45am PST, 4.45am EST)

#3 Massive Action is going to lead here, just as he has done successfully in the past. He gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back, which should see him prove difficult to catch. #6 The Heir has posted two runner-up efforts from a pair of starts in Hong Kong. He’s taken to life in new surroundings quickly and he should begin an ascent soon. #5 Pins Prince has the draw to afford him the run of the race. Strong booking with Zac Purton up. #9 Silver Up is next in line. He’s worth a chance on debut in Hong Kong.

Tickets Information for Belmont Stakes at Saratoga

walking horse through Saratoga crowd“NYRA is thrilled to be able to host the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga Race Course for the first time,” McKenna said. “While it is sure to be as exciting as any weekend in the history of the venue, fans should expect significant changes from an afternoon at the Spa during the summer meet.”

Pat McKenna, NYRA vice president, communications, said in an email that the majority of seating options will be four-day packages covering the duration of the “Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course” from June 6-9. So, for the most part, you won’t be able to get single-day seating.

Also, early access to tickets will be provided to seasonal box holders from both Belmont Park and Saratoga, as well as Saratoga reserved season ticket holders and past Belmont Stakes buyers.

And by following Belmont protocols, you can expect paid admission to be limited to 50,000. That’s the number NYRA implemented two years ago, when the New York Islanders’ home rink, UBS Arena, took over half of the backyard. It’s also the admission cap for Whitney Day and Travers Day at Saratoga.

 

Expanded TV Coverage for Oaklawn Park this Year

Logo Oaklawn Park racingLast week the New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) announced that America’s Day at the Races, the acclaimed national telecast produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports, will expand its coverage of the 2023-24 meet at Oaklawn Park.

Highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.5 million Arkansas Derby on March 30, the 2023-24 Oaklawn Park meet opened on Friday, December 8 and continues through Saturday, May 4. The 2023-24 Oaklawn meet will include 47 stakes races over the course of 66 race days at the Hot Springs, Arkansas oval.

As part of a multi-year agreement, America’s Day at the Races will feature daily analysis and handicapping of Oaklawn Park racing as well on-site coverage from NYRA television personalities throughout Opening Weekend, Smarty Jones weekend, Rebel weekend, Arkansas Derby weekend, Apple Blossom weekend and Oaklawn Handicap weekend.

Additionally, NYRA and Oaklawn Park will offer a new Cross Country Pick 5 wager each day when both Aqueduct Racetrack and Oaklawn Park conduct racing. The special wager will first be offered on Friday, December 8.

The Cross Country Pick 5 requires bettors to pick the winner of five select races from Aqueduct Racetrack and Oaklawn Park. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents.

Interested in better rebates? Fill out this AGOS form.

Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country with each day featuring a mandatory payout of the net pool.

America’s Day at the Races will present daily coverage and analysis of the fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack on the networks of FOX Sports. For the complete broadcast schedule, visit https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/racing/tv-schedule.

Source: NYRA

HKJC Sha Tin Analysis for Sunday, December 10

SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday, December 10, 2023)

Race 1: #10 Storm Rider, #6 Gorgeous Win, #12 Round The Globe, #13 Lucky Planet
Race 2:
#13 G Liner, #6 Romantic Hero, #9 Winning Data, #3 Eighty Light Years
Race 3:
#9 Global Harmony, #7 Simple Hedge, #3 Tamra Blitz, #5 Amazing Victory
Race 4:
#3 Zeffiro, #8 Lebensstil, #9 Warm Heart, #5 West Wind Blows
Race 5:
#5 Victor The Winner, #2 Wellington, #1 Lucky Sweynesse, #8 Jasper Krone
Race 6:
#1 Awesome Fluke, #2 Ensued, #3 Silver King, #6 Universal Horizon
Race 7:
#7 Beauty Eternal, #1 Golden Sixty, #11 Encountered, #14 Divina
Race 8:
#7 Straight Arron, #2 Romantic Warrior, #4 Rousham Park, #3 Prognosis
Race 9:
#6 Windicator Family, #4 The Heir, #1 Galaxy Patch, #5 Beauty Waves
Race 10:
#5 Fantastic Treasure, #7 Helios Express, #8 Atullibigeal, #12 Taj Dragon

Race 1: Silent Witness Handicap (8.25pm PST, 11.25pm EST)

#10 Storm Rider has performed well at the trials and he can make good use of a favourable draw. His recent work alongside talented stablemate Global Harmony looked very good. #6 Gorgeous Win finished third on debut and he can improve following that effort. Zac Purton hops up and he should get every chance. #12 Round The Globe should arguably already be a winner. He has the wide draw to overcome but his ability is better than it reads on paper. #13 Lucky Planet has the good draw and some claims.

Race 2: Beauty Generation Handicap (8.55pm PST, 11.55pm EST)

#13 G Liner finally draws a gate. He can use this to his advantage and he’s definitely got more to show than what we’ve seen so far. Strong booking with Vincent Ho up again. #6 Romantic Hero is better than his first-up effort showed. He’s got the talent and can bounce back here. #9 Winning Data is after consecutive wins. He’s suited from barrier three. #3 Eighty Light Years can take another step forward second-up following a break. He just needs to overcome the sticky draw. Jerry Chau’s in good form.

Race 3: Maurice Handicap (9.35pm PST, 12.35am EST)

#9 Global Harmony was enormous from a terrible draw last start. He’s suited here from a better draw as he continues on an upward trajectory. #7 Simple Hedge is a three-time winner from seven starts, who can continue to build a solid record for master trainer John Size. Zac Purton takes the ride once more from a positive gate. #3 Tamra Blitz mixes his form but was a strong last start winner. He’s hard to catch but should get every opportunity from barrier three. #5 Amazing Victory has consistency on his side.

Race 4: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (10.10pm PST, 1.10am EST)

#3 Zeffiro appeals here following a strong win at Tokyo last start at G2 level. He will relish every inch of this distance, especially as a relatively lightly raced four-year-old. His best is yet to come. #8 Lebensstil also hails from Japan and was also the winner of a solid G2 contest before shipping to Hong Kong. He can still improve as well. #9 Warm Heart has done well against her own sex, however, this is tougher. She has class. #5 West Wind Blows is consistent and his Australian efforts were very good. Next best.

Race 5: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (10.50pm PST, 1.50am EST)

Challenging contest but #5 Victor The Winner is open to improving again, especially as a five-year-old. He’s got his fair share of class and the draw should see him park on the speed, just in behind the leader. #2 Wellington was sound first-up following a lengthy layoff. He will improve and a clean run can afford him his shot. Big threat. #1 Lucky Sweynesse is the city’s leading sprinter, however, his recent wins haven’t been convincing. #8 Jasper Krone will lead. He’ll fly to the front and set a cracking pace.

Race 6: Jim And Tonic Handicap (11.25pm PST, 2.25am EST)

#1 Awesome Fluke was superb on debut in Hong Kong when third. He’ll take the right steps moving forward and his pairing with Joao Moreira this weekend bodes well. #2 Ensued has quickly announced himself as a leading Hong Kong Derby prospect. He’ll make his presence felt again, especially as a two-time winner from two starts. #3 Silver King can improve over this trip after narrowly missing over the mile last time out. Nice horse. Must respect. #6 Universal Horizon has ability. The draw isn’t ideal.

Race 7: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (12.00am PST, 3.00am EST)

#7 Beauty Eternal has the perfect draw and the right run can see him really test this group. This is his toughest test to date and admittedly he mixes his form but he is open to improving and he appeals at odds. #1 Golden Sixty is arguably the best horse ever to race in Hong Kong and he will be a deserved favourite, however, at the short odds he isn’t worth backing. He’ll be right there. #11 Encountered isn’t top three on talent but he should get a sweet run from gate one. #14 Divina has a suitable draw. Keep safe.

Race 8: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (12.40am PST, 3.40am EST)

#7 Straight Arron should be enormous value and he is another who continues to improve. He’s yet to peak this season and if there are any queries regarding the favourite, then he can pick up the pieces and win. #2 Romantic Warrior will be the market elect and rightly so, especially with several top-class wins over the trip. Slight query after travelling. #4 Rousham Park has a wide draw but was impressive last start. That effort was soft and the form is strong. #3 Prognosis is a threat. He’s placed at the track and distance.

Race 9: Lord Kanaloa Handicap (1.20am PST, 4.20am EST)

#6 Windicator Family did his best work late last start. He will continue to improve and does look to have plenty of talent. Expecting him to put his best foot forward this weekend, especially with Luke Ferraris up again. #4 The Heir narrowly missed on debut and he can take the right steps forward. The wide draw will be a challenge. #1 Galaxy Patch is already a two-time winner from three starts. He’s a smart talent. #5 Beauty Waves has ability and Zac Purton retains the ride. Next in line.

Race 10: Highland Reel Handicap (2.00am PST, 5.00am EST)

#5 Fantastic Treasure will improve following his first-up run, especially as Zac Purton hops up now. He hasn’t won for some time, however, he does dip from Group 2 to Class 2 this weekend. #7 Helios Express was superb first-up and will chase a fourth consecutive win. He’ll be hard to beat, admittedly, but the wide gate is a slight concern, especially with a young horse. #8 Atullibigeal keeps on rising and the low weight and inside gate are suitable. #12 Taj Dragon is next in line. He has claims.

Preview of Saturday’s Garland of Roses at Aqueduct

Cash is King and LC Racing’s Disco Ebo will look to build on a fine weekend of racing for her connections in Saturday’s $120,000 Garland of Roses, a six-furlong test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Disco Ebo will look to provide her owners and trainer Butch Reid, Jr. with their third stakes conquest in eight days at the Big A after they sent out Dr B to a repeat score in the Grade 3 Go for Wand last Saturday and Morning Matcha, co-owned with Gary Barber, to win the NYSSS Staten Island on Sunday.

The 4-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Weigelia enters the Garland of Roses with a solid record since last October, winning 6-of-8 starts that include stakes victories in the Youngstown Oaks last November at Mahoning Valley Race Course and the Penn’s Landing in March at Parx Racing. Last year, she finished third in this event behind Betsy Blue ahead of three straight wins, topped by her open-company triumph in the Penn’s Landing this March by 6 3/4 lengths that garnered a career and co-field-high 97 Beyer Speed Figure.

Disco Ebo followed with a game pacesetting second to stablemate Morning Matcha in the state-bred Unique Bella in April at the Bensalem oval ahead of a six-month respite that ended with a victorious return when going wire-to-wire in a seven-furlong allowance last-out on October 31.

In last year’s Garland of Roses, Disco Ebo stumbled at the start, vied for the early lead and took a short advantage at the five-sixteenths, but weakened and settled for show. Reid, Jr. said Disco Ebo is primed to bring her best race this year.

“She’s been tearing them up down there in Philly, so she really likes that track. She actually ran in [this] race last year and ran well, finished third,” said Reid, Jr. “I think she’s a more mature horse this year and she’s even filled out. She’s a bigger, stronger, heavier horse than last year.”

Disco Ebo, who also won the Shamrock Rose at Penn National as a juvenile, boasts total purse earnings of $534,644 through a record of 18-9-3-2. She will be guided from post 1 by regular pilot Frankie Pennington.

Thomas Brockley and Daryn Brockley’s Headland [post 6, Jose Lezcano] gets back to the dirt for trainer George Weaver after a distant off-the-board effort in the six-furlong Autumn Days on October 31 here when racing prominently and fading to last while struggling to change leads.

“We tried the turf as an experiment because she does have it on the backside [of her pedigree], but I think that’s why she didn’t want to change her leads that day,” said Blair Golen, Weaver’s Belmont Park-based assistant.

The 7-year-old daughter of Paynter was haltered for $62,500 out of a second-place effort in August and made her first start for new connections in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom on October 1 at Belmont at the Big A. There, Headland set the pace in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint and held her advantage into the stretch, but drifted out in the final furlong and crossed the wire second four lengths behind Sterling Silver. Both Sterling Silver and Headland were disqualified for interference with the elevated winner Caramel Swirl, and Headland was moved to third.

Golen added that Headland has been training well into another try at her first stakes conquest.

“She’s a little tank. She’s a very good looking horse,” said Golen. “She’s got a good body on her. She ran excellent in her first start for us and we learned a little bit about her. She’s a pleasure to be around and a joy to train.”

Ken Wheeler, Jr.’s New York-bred Kant Hurry Love [post 2, Trevor McCarthy] will look to bounce back off a fourth-place effort in the seven-furlong Pumpkin Pie on November 5 here. The 4-year-old Kantharos bay, bred by Dr. John M. McDermott and Laura G. McDermott, made her first start since August in the Pumpkin Pie and dueled for the early lead before fading in the stretch.

“She was just a square peg in a round hole,” trainer David Duggan said of the Pumpkin Pie. “This race is kind of a logical spot now in the timeframe, and we’re trying to get some open black type. If we can, it would be fantastic.”

The consistent filly is in search of her second career stakes victory after taking the state-bred Dancin Renee this spring at Belmont Park by a nose over Grannys Connection in a thrilling renewal of the six-furlong sprint. She followed with a game runner-up effort to the same rival and at the same distance in the state-bred Union Avenue Handicap on August 11 at Saratoga Race Course.

Since transferring from the barn of Christophe Clement in February, Kant Hurry Love has hit the board in 6-of-7 starts, including three wins, and has banked over $200,000.

“She’s training very well and she’s a happy little filly,” Duggan said. “She’s in the right place mentally. You can’t go wrong. She’s been a good filly to be around.”

Top Racing’s Kentucky homebred Olga Isabel [post 5, Manny Franco] streaks in off three wins for conditioner Brad Cox, most recently taking a 6 1/2-furlong third-level optional claimer by two lengths on October 26 at Keeneland. The 4-year-old Tiznow bay has been perfect since transferring to Cox, beginning with a 7 1/4-length romp in a one-mile allowance in July at Ellis Park. She followed with a one-mile optional claiming score in August at the Spa that garnered a career-best 90 Beyer before her latest effort. Each of her wins for Cox have come in wire-to-wire fashion without being headed.

Completing the field are nine-time winner Self Isolation [post 3, Eric Cancel] for owner/trainer David Jacobson; stakes-winner You Look Cold [post 4, Dylan Davis] for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott; and Hot Fudge [post 7, Kendrick Carmouche], who enters from eight days’ rest off a December 1 optional claiming score here for trainer Linda Rice.

The Garland of Roses is slated as Race 8 on Saturday’s nine-race card. First post is 12:20 p.m. Eastern.

America’s Day at the Races will present daily coverage and analysis of the fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack on the networks of FOX Sports. For the complete broadcast schedule, visit https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/racing/tv-schedule.

Source: NYRA

HKJC Analysis for Wednesday Morning Horse Racing

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday morning, December 06, 2023)

Race 1: #4 Valhalla, #10 Noble Boyz, #12 Noir Rider, #6 Goodmanship
Race 2:
#4 Nice Birdie, #8 Medic Elite, #3 Happy Jai Jai, #1 Charmander
Race 3:
#2 Royal Pride, #5 Super Baby, #8 Fearless Fire, #11 Amazing Boy
Race 4:
#2 Super Commander, #6 Savvy Delight, #4 Galvanic, #11 Oversubscribed
Race 5:
#11 Sure Joyful, #4 M Unicorn, #12 To Infinity, #8 Killer Instinct
Race 6:
#3 Kilindini, #9 Ernest Feeling, #4 Party Warrior, #8 Prince Chiswick
Race 7:
#2 Flagship Warrior, #6 All Beauty, #9 Storm Legend, #8 Silver Sonic
Race 8:
#8 Sugar Sugar, #5 Tomodachi Kokoroe, #11 Kaholo Angel, #9 Gameplayer Elite
Race 9:
#7 The Best Peach, #2 All For St Paul’s, #6 Helene Feeling, #5 Rising From Ashes

Race 1: Australia Handicap (2.30am PST, 5.30am EST)

#4 Valhalla doesn’t know how to run a bad race. He continues to perform at a consistent level and sticking to this grade following his latest win is advantageous. One to beat. #10 Noble Boyz slots in light and can make his presence felt. He’s steadily found form and should be able to get his opportunity from a forward position in the run. #12 Noir Rider has no weight to carry after finishing second last start. He can rattle home. #6 Goodmanship narrowly missed last time out. He returns on the quick back-up. Keep safe.

Race 2: France Handicap (3.00am PST, 6.00am EST)

#4 Nice Birdie was cramped for running room last start. He had plenty more under the hood that day and is more than capable of putting his best foot forward here with even luck. He’s worth taking a chance on. #8 Medic Elite is consistent and has that on his side. He’ll find the right spot early on. #3 Happy Jai Jai draws ideally and once again pairs with Zac Purton. He can figure under the champion rider. #1 Charmander steps down in grade. He is better suited to this level of racing and is a huge threat. He’s the value.

The Impact of the Hong Kong International RacesRace 3: Germany Handicap (3.30am PST, 6.30am EST)

#2 Royal Pride can bounce back returning to Happy Valley. He travelled wide and without cover last start at Sha Tin – total forgive run. James McDonald hops up and his best form holds him in very good stead. #5 Super Baby is no stranger to reversing his form and a few favours can see him do that. He can make his presence felt. #8 Fearless Fire has gone close across his last few runs. He loves the grade and is a threat. #11 Amazing Boy has been knocking on the door this season. The inside gate is suitable.

Race 4: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 1st Leg (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#2 Super Commander can contest the early lead. Chances are he finds that here, especially from the draw for an in-form Pierre Ng. He’s better suited in this grade and could easily pinch this one. #6 Savvy Delight gets a good gate and the services of Zac Purton. He’s gone close several times this season. #4 Galvanic draws inside and should get a sweet run throughout. He gets his shot here and is close to a first win. #11 Oversubscribed slots in light and will be flashing home late. Don’t discount.

Race 5: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 2nd Leg (4.40m PST, 7.40am EST)

#11 Sure Joyful is in sizzling form and the low weight and inside gate are huge positives. He also gets the services of Vincent Ho, a prolific winner at Happy Valley on his side. One to beat. #4 M Unicorn is chasing a third win from his last four starts. He gets Ryan Moore up and shapes as a huge threat, especially from barrier four with his talent. #12 To Infinity slots in light and is racing well. He narrowly missed by under a length last start and that level of form will see him go close. #8 Killer Instinct is next in line.

Race 6: Great Britain Handicap (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#3 Kilindini has a much better draw this time around. He can roll forward and it should see him either lead or sit prominent with ease. One to beat from there. #9 Ernest Feeling is chasing a hat-trick of wins. He’s in superb form and the draw is suitable as he rises in grade. #4 Party Warrior loves the track and trip. He’s been in solid form this term and it wouldn’t surprise to see him mount a strong case. He’ll just need to navigate barrier one – a tricky draw for a backmarker. #8 Prince Chiswick has more improvement to come.

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Race 7: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 3rd Leg (5.40am PST, 8.40am EST)

#2 Flagship Warrior charged home from the tail of the field last start. He has an ideal draw and is racing in superb form. His pairing with James McDonald is a plus, so is the rise in distance. #6 All Beauty is in the right vein of form and gets his chance. He caught the eye last start – surging home late on. #9 Storm Legend is a two-time winner in the grade below. This assignment looks tough but he is returning to sound form this term. #8 Silver Sonic is a class act and he’s better than recent runs suggest. Next in line.

Race 8: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 4th Leg (6.10am PST, 9.10am EST)

#8 Sugar Sugar was closing late last start. He can advance further forward following that effort, especially with a pace run to suit his liking, which he may get here. He’s drawn wide but he’ll settle back anyway. He’s worth a shot. #5 Tomodachi Kokoroe should press for the early lead. He won well two starts ago and has remained in sound condition. #11 Kaholo Angel is another who should roll forward under Zac Purton. The inside gate suits and he’ll be prominent. #9 Gameplayer Elite is improving and can do so again.

Race 9: Japan Handicap (6.55am PST, 9.55am EST)

Tricky closer to the fixture but #7 The Best Peach is favoured under a suitable handicap in this grade thanks to the presence of the top-weight. Zac Purton hops up again after the pair were inconvenienced two runs back. They can atone here. #2 All For St Paul’s continues to raise the bar and his go-forward style of affords his chance. #6 Helene Feeling is doing his best and is yet to look out of place in this grade, especially as one-time winner in it. #5 Rising From Ashes is after a hat-trick. Don’t discount.

 

Source: The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Great Horse Racing Videos – 1984 Frontline Episode

Frontline Season 2, Episode 11

Air Date: May 7, 1984 as “The Other Side of the Track” ; Rebroadcast Date: November 6, 1984 as “King of the World”

At the time, horse racing was still American’s number one spectator sport. In 1982, more that 77 million people wagered almost $12 billion at the nation’s racetracks. Frontline gives an insider’s look at the ‘sport of kings, ‘ focusing on tracks at Belmont, NY, where the rich indulge their interest in racing, and at Great Barrington in Massachusetts where horses, many with soundness issues, run for purses that can barely pay the feed bill.

Washington Post columnist and inveterate bettor Andy Beyer discusses the beauty and excitement of the sport, praising its virtues as a crucible for one’s character. Handicappers Connie Merjos and Len Ragozin enumerate the incredible complexity of the variables involved in predicting winners.

This program examines the phenomenon of horse racing in the United States. Frontline reporter Irv Drasnin goes behind the scenes of the industry, speaking to track stewards, professional handicappers, so-called “touts,” horse owners, and gamblers to explore the mystique and emotional thrills that attend betting on the horses, as well as the seamier side of the pastime.

The elegant, patrician atmosphere of horse racing associated with tracks such as Belmont Park and Hialeah are contrasted with the “Great Barrington Fair, a rundown venue with worn-out horses that caters to gambling addicts, who desperately flail for the dubious tips provided by Great Barrington’s unscrupulous, bottom-feeding touts.”

Former steward Herman “Slim” Summers, former Massachusetts Racing Commission member James Mosely, and detective Joe Pomarico comment on the rumors of race-fixing and horse-tampering that abound at Great Barrington. The program concludes with Beyer’s annual trip to Hialeah, where he hopes to win at least $50,000, reflecting the the optimism and eternal hope — or destructive self-delusion — required of the serious bettor.

It’s a fascinating look at our sport from nearly 40 years ago.